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I am getting an aussie pup in December and I want it to be my agility dog. I took a beginners agility class with my other dog but I want to compete with this puppy when she is old enough. What are some things I can do to train her from the time I get her to ready us for agility?
 

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Ahh agility my favourite a favourite out of a lot of dog. Well it's quite easy to train. You can buy agility kits but I used pic pipes to create the ground ladder and bought some would to make the jumps and covered the wood with foam.and for the tunnel I bought one and I also made my own seesaw of would and covered it with a mat. Oh I almost forgot that I made a hula hoop holder. To practise I would attach a leash and teach them to jump the jumps and go through the tunnel and the other object until they master it with the leash then I would teach them commands and start to train off leash
 

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The best thing you can do to prepare for agility is to have a great foundation of obedience. Recalls, working with distractions, and focus exercises are all key. Remember that puppies shouldn't be jumping higher than elbow height until their growth plates close, especially on hard surfaces. Keep in mind, you can't compete until your dog is 15 months old, so you'll have lots of time to just enjoy puppy-hood before actually having to worry about training for agility. My Aussie is just over a year, so we are in the early stages of agility training.

I recently bought this DVD set (Foundation Fundamentals) and seriously cannot recommend it enough. It is a two-day seminar on how to what to teach before you begin teaching agility. It has amazing skills that are easy to teach. They have a variety of ages in the videos, and I'm currently working with both my Aussie and my 4 month old Border Collie.
 

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Socialisation and manners training. Let your puppy see the world, explore and meet nice people and dogs. When her vaccinations are in order, maybe take her to some venues to get familiar with all the noises and the environment in general.

Basic obedience. Stay and come when called under distraction are probably the most useful. Also teach the dog to be comfortable on the both sides of you. Maybe sending to a target/mark?

Let your dog exercise a lot off-leash if you can. The puppy should build good coordination and muscle for agility but too hard exercise can hurt her so it should be something like off-leash walks in the woods at the puppy's pace.

I would leave any obstacle training until she is old enough unless you have professional/experienced guidance.

And play with your puppy! Get her interested in toys. They make great rewards when the dog has learned the technical side of the obstacles. Dogs also love to play with their handlers so you will be super nice in the eyes of your dog.
 

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Would sending to target be good for later on with distance work? My current aussie isn't too good at that. I got him at 5 and he is now 7. We have taken an agility class but that is it. Because he is 7 (and 25 inches tall at the withers with very long legs) I've decided not to do much agility with him for fear of getting hurt. Therefore, I want to do everything right with this new puppy!
 
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